Foreign affairs

China zealotry comes at a cost, if it stops shared university research

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article was appeared in The Australian Financial Review on February 28 2018.

As I sit at my desk contemplating the latest round of panicky comments about China's influence operations in Australia – including claims about how they are supposedly undermining the military technology lead of the US – my attention keeps being drawn to two astonishing statistics.

Whitlam had it easier on China policy

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on February 21 2018.

Hard line on China

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in the South China Morning Post on February 19 2018.

Australia and the Belt and Road Initiative: A survey of developments 2013-September 2017

December

On September 7 2013 at Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University, Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time outlined a vision for an overland ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ connecting Central Asia and China’s western provinces. In an address to the Indonesian Parliament in October 2013, President Xi announced the development of a ‘New Maritime Silk Road’ spanning Southeast Asia.

Australia's tilt on China: An update

December

In July 2017 the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) published the fact sheet ‘Australia’s tilt on China’, which details Australian government representatives’ statements on China and the Australia-China relationship in the first half of the year.[1]

Since this time, the messages sent on the bilateral relationship have been mixed..

Seven steps to tame fears over China

December

By Bob Carr

Note: This article appeared in The Australian on December 12 2017.

Sooner or later Canberra is going to decide to reset its relationship with Beijing. In one year, or in five. Here are seven things that can make it possible.

Turnbull's blowhard China policy will cost us in the long run

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Australian Financial Review on December 10 2017.

Australia and the Belt and Road Initiative: An overview

December

There was only one direct mention of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper, released on November 23, and it signalled the Australian Government would continue its cautious approach toward the initiative.

Media coverage of Chinese students in Australia

December

Chinese students in Australia have been a focus of media attention in 2017.

In recent months we’ve seen denunciations of Australian university lecturers who have offended Beijing’s patriotic sensibilities.

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Racial chauvinism is only one of the challenges that Beijing is exporting to universities.1

Chinese students at universities in Australia have their professors walking on eggshells.

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Foreign policy: Rising China as rule-taker or rule-maker?

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in the Australian Institute of International Affairs' blog, Australian Outlook, on November 29 2017.